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and border patrol and technology. "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: congress returns today, part of the agenda includes consideration of a bill requiring the white house to produce a balanced budget. the story today from "the washington times" airlines readers that the budget act requires the president to put out a budget by the first monday of february. senator harry reid said the gun legislation in the senate will include magazine size and background checks, but it would not seek a ban on military-style assault weapons. an amendment could be included to cover that. the president heads to minneapolis to discuss gun control. and the cost of the 2012 elections are in. the final price tag is estimated at $7 billion. according to the consumer confidence index, half the respondents said that the financial crisis went under the labour retirement plan. we are interested in hearing from you if the financial crisis delay your retirement. want to give us a call, the numbers are on your screen. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. if y
with new technologies and improving technologies has provided what now appears to be a surplus of oil and gas in this country. we're looking for ways to export natural gas. when i first came to congress, some of the big hearings 10 years ago were about what are we going to do, we have run out of natural gas? the farmers and the chemists were concerned. we wanted to bring liquefied natural gas from other countries. now we're looking at ways to get that on the world market and perhaps reduce our trade deficit. that's a good story. if the president wants to talk about that, i'm happy to listen. host: republicans have said if we are going to avoid the across-the-board spending cuts, we need a long-term deal on entitlement reform. where would you and how would you change medicare? guest: those two statements are not related. the sequester will happen. entitlement reform was left out of the last sequester equation. there will be other budgetary cuts down the road. those must affect -- 10,000 people a day joining the ranks of medicare. the advance and complexity, what we're able to do in med
clearly changed this debate, not just the last financial crisis but the bursting of the technology bubble in 2001. the pendulum has swung clearly toward a sense in american society that -- in the same way you need police on the streets to keep the streets safe, you need police in the markets in order to enforce rules of fair play in the markets. the question today is how do you calibrate that? how far are you willing to go? it is still early days since the financial crisis and the debate has not been resolved. to make a counterpoint, some conservatives would argue that washington played a role in distorting the markets that went awry. there are elements of truth on both sides. it is the case that fannie mae and freddie mac, two giant mortgage finance firms that played a role in writing the bad mortgages that were written in the housing boom were creations of congress and that the capital requirements for those institutions and the oversight of those institutions was not the same as it was for the banks. at the end of the day, whether you believe in the private sector or you believe in gov
enough common sense with our technology to put something on these drones where if they lose remote- control contact, they automatically self-destruct? we have a good piece of technology that fell into iranian hands. that is about it. thank you. host: albany, georgia. republican caller. good morning. hi, styles. you are on the air. caller: first of all, i am curious how many of the callers wechsler responded have served in the military during wartime or not or lost their lives or bring family members lost their lives due to what we are dealing with in the middle east. i am curious how many of them spent any time in the middle east to know what is going on and understand the enemy we are actually fighting against. it is not a warfare we are typically used to. the drones are not only a good idea, it is an excellent idea. from where i stand. again, i would like to add this as well. the american people need to know that not only are we hunting terrorists, but we actually have military specialist being hunted in our country today. if you do not believe it is true, look in your local arch
the train. i believe that online education and technology and education, digital learning, really is the wave of the future for school choice. it is not just plunking a few computers in classrooms or buying a smartboard anymore. it is actually connecting kids, whether they're in a school, public school, public charter school, magnet school, or in the home with some of the best teachers around the world via online and blended learning. it can make a difference for so many families. host: our next call comes from dell, dell is an educator. and we want to show a picture of some supporters on the steps of the pennsylvania state capitol in harrisburg in january during the first annual national school choice week. go ahead, dell. caller: yeah, i'm a former educator, i'm in my 70's. i have a question i want to give you first, i want to give you also commentary. question being, how does school choice play into these other countries like india, china, japan, where they have much better success in the schools, for example. give me something about i.i.t., the indian institute of technology,
of the type of technology and military intelligence that has helped the united states. we should not just look at this as a one-way street. the israelis also understand the obligation of helping their american allies. host: this morning, the washington post reflecting on the tenure anniversary of: ofl's -- 10 year anniversary testimony.l's in george w. bush's book, he described the presentation as exhaustive. later, many of the assertions would prove to be inaccurate. at the time, his words reflected the considered judgment and intelligence of the cia at home and around the world. if you look back at what he said 10 years ago, what are the lessons for american foreign policy? guest: i can tell you that the lesson for me was that i made a terrible mistake of believing that speech. of all of the people in the administration, i never believed colin paulo would misrepresent the facts and lead them to believe we should support the argument he laid out. it was the predominant reason why someone like me, who had less inclination to believe anything that dick cheney or george bush had to say about ira
in science, technology and math, stem workers, as there has been silicon valley employers that say we do not have enough of those folks, and those that are forced to leave after they are educated here, which makes no sense. host: this tweet -- common sense immigration reform starts with a double armed wire fence with towers and dogs. the next call comes from rob in edgewater, maryland. caller: thank you. i am green party, but there is not a line for green party. you mentioned nafta in the and's, and in the 1990's the early-2000's, there was a push to break labor unions and a great push for the war on drugs. if you accumulate all of these things, the war on drugs, the breaking of the labor unions, what we have done is created a permanent underclass. of course they want to run here. it is a war zone in those countries, and in this country the wages for average workers -- the one percent are at the top, and the 99% have been struggling along. if people had decent wages, they would not mind more immigration , but the fact is we have not looked out for our own. some at the top want more to co
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